"David Alastair Hayden
manages to deliver a thoroughly entertaining sword & sorcery nuanced fantasy book. This book will find favor with readers who enjoy fast paced, action packed stories similar to those written by Brandon Sanderson, Mercedes Lackey
& Jennifer Fallon
." - Mihir Wanchoo
, Fantasy Book Critic
"All in all, Wrath of the White Tigress is what I've come to expect of Hayden's work-- thoughtful, exciting, and filled with adventure. There are a lot of nice little bits of world-building here and there that really put a stamp on his style and voice. And it's just plain fun -- the fight scenes are awesome. Check it out!" -- James J. Parsons, Speaking to the Eyes
From the Author
Assassins are a strange phenomenon in fiction. Why should anyone care about a protagonist who's a hired killer? Yet we readers seem to love them. Why the fascination? Sure, super-sweet abilities and sometimes magical skills are given to them by popular culture, but under the hype all you have is a killer.
For a writer this makes them uniquely challenging characters. Readers need to identify with your protagonist. But how do you make a cold blooded killer sympathetic?
When I started Wrath of the White Tigress
my chief concern was what led Jaska Bavadi to become a killer. You can't redeem a character if you don't know what made him bad to begin with. I thought of a number of motivations, most of them done many times before. Then it occurred to me: What if he'd never intended to become an assassin? What if the very person he most loved and trusted in the world had him under mind control? And what would happen when the chains that bound him broke and he learned the truth, that he was not a champion of the people like he thought but the top killer in a ruthless regime?
Thus was born the Jaska Bavadi you see in Wrath of the White Tigress
. An assassin who never meant to be anything but a warrior protecting the innocent.